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Field computation and nonpropositional knowledge / Bruce J. MacLennan.

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Field computation and nonpropositional knowledge / Bruce J. MacLennan.


Published September 1987
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"Prepared for: Chief of Naval Research"--Cover

"September 1987"--Cover

"NPS-52-87-040"--Cover

DTIC Identifiers: Field computers, Knowledge representation

Author(s) subject terms: Neurocomputers, neural networks, optical computers, molecular computers, field computers, universal field computer, associative memory, parallel processing, massive parallelism

Includes bibliographical references (p. 31)

Technical report; 1987

Most current AI technology has been based on propositionally represented theoretical knowledge. It is argued that if AI is to accomplish its goals, especially in the tasks of sensory interpretation and sensorimotor coordination, then it must solve the problem of representing embodied practical knowledge. Biological evidence shows that animals use this knowledge in a way very different form digital computation. This suggests that if these problems are to be solved, then we will need a new breed of computers, which we call field computers. Examples of field computers are: neurocomputers, optical computers, molecular computers, and any kind of massively parallel analog computer. The author claims that the principle characteristic of all these computers is their massive parallelism, but we use this term in a special way. He argues that true massive parallelism comes when the number of processors is so large that it can be considered a continuous quantity. Designing and programming these computers requires a new theory of computation, one version of which is presented in this paper. Described is a universal field computer, that is, a field computer that can emulate any other field computer. It is based on a generalization of Taylor's theorem to continuous dimensional vector spaces. A number of field computations are illustrated, including several transformations useful in image understanding, and a continuous version of Kosko's bidirectional associative memory

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Publisher Monterey, California : Naval Postgraduate School
Pages 42
Language English
Call number ocn436872311
Digitizing sponsor Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library
Book contributor Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library
Collection navalpostgraduateschoollibrary; fedlink; americana

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